- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Mail not burned
The U.S. Embassy in Kuwait yesterday denied news reports that it had burned 800 pounds of mail suspected of anthrax contamination.
A spokeswoman said the embassy burned only supplies used to clean the embassy mailroom after receiving bags of letters from a State Department mailroom that had been exposed to the deadly bacteria. She said the mail was sent back to Washington unopened.
"The embassy incinerated cleaning supplies used to clean its mailroom," she told the Agence France-Presse in Kuwait City. "The pouches in which we received the mail were sprayed and double bagged before being sent back.
"There was never any exposure. We never opened the mail."
Kuwait's Al-Rai Al-Aam newspaper reported that the embassy sent about 800 pounds of mail to be destroyed in an incinerator at Mubarak al-Kabeer Hospital.
Kuwaiti postal authorities last month intercepted a suspicious letter addressed to U.S. Ambassador Richard Jones, but it tested negative for anthrax.

Peterson heads council
Douglas "Pete" Peterson, the first postwar U.S. ambassador to Vietnam, has been appointed chairman of the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council.
"I am very pleased to accept this post and look forward to continuing to work on the many important goals of relations between our two countries," Mr. Peterson said in a statement on Monday.
"With the bilateral trade agreement soon to be brought into force, there can be great things ahead for this new relationship."
The trade agreement, which Mr. Peterson helped negotiate, has been approved by the United States and is expected to be ratified by Vietnam's National Assembly this month.
Mr. Peterson, a former Air Force pilot who was held prisoner for six years by the North Vietnamese, served as ambassador from May 1997 until July of this year.
Mr. Peterson, also a former Democratic congressman from Florida, briefly considered running for governor in his home state.

Trudeau in pictures
There he is, riding a motorcycle, driving a Mercedes convertible, riding in a dog sled, paddling a canoe, shooting at seals (although he missed), wearing a cape, wearing buckskin, wearing a kilt, tossing a Frisbee, playing marbles, doing a handstand, playing with his children and, of course, dancing with his wife (at the time) and running from admiring female fans.
Pierre Elliot Trudeau was not a rock star, although he looks like one in the photo retrospective of the late Canadian prime minister that opened yesterday at the Canadian Embassy.
Mr. Trudeau, who died last year at the age of 80, gave Canada a swinging image beginning in 1968, when the Liberal Party leader was first elected prime minister. He held that office for 15 years and five months with only a one-year interruption in 1979, when Conservative Joe Clark served briefly as prime minster.
He was admired by liberals, disdained by French-Canadian separatists and scorned by conservatives, especially for his admiration of Communists like Cuba's Fidel Castro, who was one of his honorary pallbearers.
"He was a man who defined a generation of Canadian politics and society," said Peter M. Boehm, the embassy's political and public affairs minister and former ambassador to the Organization of American States.
Mr. Boehm, who hosted a luncheon to open the exhibit, recalled that Mr. Trudeau dealt with Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. Those relations were sometimes rocky.
"Trudeau had many things to say about U.S.-Canadian relations," Mr. Boehm said.
He recalled his favorite. Mr. Trudeau once said that relations with the United States "is like sleeping with an elephant; you're affected by every twist and grunt."
The photos are the work of Peter Bregg, chief photographer at Canada's Maclean's news magazine.
"Pierre Trudeau was a statesman, a family man, a great performer," Mr. Bregg said.
Mr. Trudeau, whose relations with the press were also rocky, admired Mr. Bregg's photos and once told him, "I like you because you don't carry a pencil."
The exhibition is open to the public on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Canadian Embassy, 501 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


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